rule #0: listen to your partner

It’s that simple. That person knows you best. Period. I know this should be self-evident, but sometimes I need a map to see the simple truths standing right in front of me. Thankfully, my partner is my best friend, so she doesn’t hold it against me. Whatever self-indulgent or self-recriminating …

meh

Not thrilled with recent work. I’ve spent almost all my writing time writing about the story rather than writing the story. Once again, I’ve dug myself into a hole by running with so-called inspiration rather than answering the basic, yet critical question of ‘Why.’ It takes so much longer to …

The sound of my own wheels

Having trouble with Uncle Deppo. I believe that it’s good trouble, ultimately, but right now, it’s just frustrating and disheartening. The issue is that the questions I’ve begun asking about certain elements of the story are putting a spotlight on the various cracks, gaps and flaws in the the piece …

Plodding.

Frustratingly, that seems to be the best description of recent efforts. Still, it’s generally* forward progress, so really shouldn’t be complaining.   * if not consistently

If you love a thing, set it free

Back to Uncle Deppo this morning and it’s the right thing. The ideas from yesterday are strong and I’m excited to follow them through, but there’s no excuse for not finishing what I’m in the middle of. I was looking for an ‘easy’ win out of the other stories because …

Accursed inspiration.

Does it care that I’m in the middle of another story? No. Does it care that I’ve been working on this other story for weeks? No. Does it care that I don’t have time enough in the day to do more than one story at a time, much less the …

No time spent writing is wasted

Amazing how that continues to be the case for me. No matter how little energy or time or direction I might have — and usually in direct contrast to that very lack — my 5 minute rule still gives me something that far exceeds my expectations.  

Challenge = Opportunity

Not the most productive morning, but not the least, either. Uncle Deppo revealed another previously hidden (from me) flaw, this morning. This was a bummer, but I’ve been able to see it as a challenge, which, when I’m in a good place, is an opportunity. It helps that I’m still …